AT14 A FINE AND LARGE FAMILLE VERTE PIECRUST DISH
Of octagonal form, richly decorated in bright overglaze enamels highlighted with gilding, the centre with two finely enamelled pheasants, one, its wings outstretched, hovering above a lotus tree, the other perched upon a flowering peony branch, its mouth open, attempting to snatch a near-by flying insect, in the centre foreground four full-blown peonies in full bloom, the leaves realistically delineated, some of the green leaves tipped with autumnal yellow, all issuing from a grassy knoll, in the sky to the left a moth hovers, the border with four cartouches two with crabs facing each other and two with crayfish and foliage reserved on a flower strewn green seeded ground inside a gilded piecrust edge and an iron red band of pendant ju- i heads.
Period: Kangxi (1662 1722)
Diameter: 39 cm; 15 ¼”
Footnote: for a similar dish, see the full page illustration on page 18 of “Chinese Export Art in the Hermitage Museum: Late 16th – 19th centuries”, St Petersburg 2003 and the discussion and further illustration, plate 13, page 26. For another octagonal piecrust dish see “Fran Kina till Europa – Kinesiska konstforemal fran de ostindiska kompaniernas tid”, Jan Wirgin, Ostasiatiska Museet, Stockholm, 1998, p. 60, pl. 56.
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